Five Sleep Inducing Foods

The clocks are springing ahead this weekend and we need all the help we can get. Try these five sleep inducing foods to give yourself a head start on surviving the time change. Honey – Honey contains glucose, which tells your brain to shut off a chemical known to trigger alertness, known as orexin. It… Read more »

Five Perfect Bedtime Snacks

If you get the munchies at bedtime, there are some bedtime snacks that are better than others for encouraging a good night’s sleep. Bowl of Rice – New research shows that a diet containing rice is associated with a decreased risk of poor sleep by up to 46%, compared to bread (which had no effect)… Read more »

Scary Effects of Sleep Deprivation

The immediate effects of not getting enough sleep are often obvious – you might feel groggy, unable to focus, sluggish and find yourself wishing for either a nap or a strong cup of coffee. There are even more subtle signs that you need more sleep including hunger, being overly emotional and clumsy. Usually a good… Read more »

Food to Make You Sleepy

There is some food to make you sleepy and adding these to your diet may help you fall asleep more quickly and get a great night’s rest. Oatmeal – The grains in oatmeal trigger insulin production. They raise your blood pressure naturally and make you feel sleepy. Oats are also rich in melatonin, which has… Read more »

Study Finds Sleep Improves with Age

Despite the common belief that sleep quality diminishes with age, a new study published in the March edition of Sleep found that sleep quality actually improves as we get older, even as the amount of sleep we get diminishes. Using phone surveys of more than 150,000 Americans, researchers found that people in their 80s had… Read more »

Pain is Prohibiting Sleep

A 2015 poll by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) found that pain is a significant factor in the gap between the amount of sleep Americans say they need and the amount they’re actually getting. The numbers are startling with an average 42-minute sleep debt for those with chronic pain and 14 minutes for those who’ve… Read more »

This is Your Brain Without Sleep

  Scientists in Canada recently published a study containing solid evidence that poor sleep quality inhibits the brain’s ability to clear itself of toxins by causing large spaces in the brain. The researchers from The Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto suggest that sleep is crucial to allowing the brain to rid itself of waste from… Read more »

Sleep Deprivation Causes You to Eat More Fatty Foods

A new study has found that skipping just one night of sleep leads to a shift in brain activity that increases the desire to consume more fat the following day. Researchers say the study offers more insight into the relationship between lack of sleep and risk of obesity. The loss of sleep actually altered what’s… Read more »

The Connection Between Calcium and Magnesium

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The relationship between calcium and magnesium in our bodies is complicated. They work together in many functions, such as regulating heartbeat, muscle tone and contraction, and nerve conduction. Magnesium is actually the key to the body’s proper absorption and use of calcium, as well as other important nutrients. If we consume too much calcium, without… Read more »

5 Foods that Help You Sleep

5 foods that can help you sleep

Sleep has a significant effect on your daily mood, productivity and health. Nutrition plays a large role in how well you sleep. Food relates directly to serotonin, a key hormone that — along with Vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid — helps promote healthy sleep. If a good night’s sleep is important to you, try… Read more »